I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).
The Original Houston Location
The original Las Alamedas location, on Voss Road near Interstate 10 in Houston, was a crowd-pleaser. It was a large stuccoed building fashioned as a Spanish style hacienda. What made it even better was its location of two and a half acres backing onto a ravine and bayou.
Floor to ceiling glass windows wrapping around the back and a bit of the side let the beauty of nature shine. While dining on authentic and delicious Mexican cuisine in air-conditioned comfort, one could also enjoy the wooded setting just outside those massive windows. The forested areas were in a natural state.
Sitting in that back room with the dense growth of trees, vines, and undergrowth, one felt far removed from the busy interstate highway just a stone's throw away. Many squirrels were on view frolicking as well as birds and butterflies, adding a momentary bit of movement and color to the scenery.
During the happy hour towards the front of the almost 15,000 square foot restaurant, a free generous buffet of gustatory delights was available. One could easily make a meal of it, and I am sure many people did just that while sipping on one's choice of cocktails. The margaritas were a favorite of ours, particularly in that gorgeous setting.
Memories of the Old Location
Sadly after 28 years in that beautiful location, Las Alamedas closed their doors. From what I read, a protracted court battle following the death of the owner of the property, as well as increased rent, caused the decision to cease operating there.
We always took out-of-town guests to that beautiful restaurant. The Sunday brunch buffets were fabulous! My husband and I, along with family and friends, have many memories of dining there and enjoying that spectacular ambiance. I am sure that many Houstonians have similar memories and were also saddened when that chapter came to a close.
New Location in Katy, Texas
It is nice to know, however, that Las Alamades "Since 1980" has relocated. The restaurant is now in Katy, which is due west of Houston in the gorgeous La Centerra at Cinco Ranch shopping center. It retains a Spanish style appearance in building style as well as decor. The address is 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy, Texas 77494.
Two outdoor patios on either side of the central entrance doors provide seating for alfresco dining. Radiant heaters keep diners warm in the few months of the year that it might be necessary to turn them on. When the weather turns warm, fans and micro misters enable people to enjoy the outdoor seating if they choose that option.
A pair of beautiful bronze horses atop a human-made rock outcropping with water features, a simulated green lawn space, and well-executed landscaping is just outside the doors of this charming restaurant. Thus the view while quite different from the original setting is still very pleasing.
The interior colors are warm and inviting.
A few more Tex-Mex items are on the menu, but one can still find Mexican food made, such as is located in the interior of Mexico.
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My husband and I recently had lunch there. He chose the tacos Jalisco, which was corn tortillas filled with shredded beef fajita topped with green sauce, lettuce, and queso fresco. It comes with a choice of refried or charro beans. He chose the latter.
My luncheon choice was blackened fish. It was a blackened tilapia fillet cooked over a hot iron skillet. Accompanying it was a medley of green and yellow squash, carrots, and broccoli.
They were both delicious. All the lunch specials cost $10.95 and include iced tea. Crisp tortilla chips and a mild red salsa come to table gratis.
Additional Food Photos and Descriptions
Here are a few of our favorites:
- Beef Tacos al Carbon is delicious. It consists of grilled pieces of succulent beef fajita meat inside of a soft flour (or corn) tortilla. On the side is some guacamole, pico de gallo and sour cream. Chile con queso is an additional choice that is available. My husband chose the charro beans in place of the refried beans.
- Chicken Acapulco is equally good. It is a grilled chicken breast topped with sauteed onions, shrimp and a creamy lobster sauce au gratin. On the side is a medley of vegetables and some cilantro flavored rice.
- Chicken Serape is an exciting and flavorful dish. How they flatten the chicken that way is a mystery to me. It is paper-thin and grilled yet does not dry out. It is topped with grilled poblano peppers and onions and served with a creamy mushroom chipotle sauce. Tortillas, either flour or corn, are served with it along with guacamole and charro beans. It is a winner of a dish!
- Pollo Con Champignones consists of a grilled chicken breast that comes with a topping of mushrooms, bell peppers, all sautéed in a white wine sauce. Accompanying it is thinly sliced potatoes au gratin.
- Brocheta de Pescado is a delicious grilled skewer with tilapia fish, onions, bell peppers served over a bed of rice.
- Chicken Enchiladas is often a favorite of my husband's, as is an extra order of their delicious Guacamole.
- Pollo al Chipotle is a succulent grilled chicken breast topped with chipotle sauce. Rice is the accompaniment to this dish.
Hours of Operation
Lunch hours Monday through Friday are from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Brunch hours are the same on Sunday. Once this restaurant opens at 11 a.m., it stays open all day until closing time at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
My husband and I usually sample each other's food selections, and we declared each of these pictured food items winners. These food offerings are but a small sampling of what there is to order!
We give a thumbs up to this beautiful restaurant!
I am sad to report that Las Alamedas, a fantastic restaurant that is family-owned and has been in business for 40 years, is now permanently closed. It is hard to know how many other restaurants will end up closing because of the worldwide pandemic. This restaurant was one of our personal favorites. We extend to the owners and staff our best wishes for the future.
Questions & Answers
Question: How far is it from Austin?
Answer: If you are driving from Austin to Katy, Texas, it would take you 2 hours and 11 minutes of non-stop driving to travel the 135 miles, according to the site Distance Between Cities.
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